Visual Thinking and Sketchnoting Boot Camp
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Visual Thinking and Sketchnoting Boot Camp

Learn how to use simple drawings and sketches to solve complex problems, explain, and communicate better.
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Created by Yuri Malishenko
Last updated 3/2020
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Price: $49.99
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This course includes
  • 7 hours on-demand video
  • 37 downloadable resources
  • Full lifetime access
  • Access on mobile and TV
  • Assignments
  • Certificate of Completion
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What you'll learn
  • Draw to explain complex concepts and to teach, draw to learn and better memorize, draw to sell and to persuade other people
Requirements
  • No prior drawing skills are required.
Description

Illegible handwriting, the fear of drawing or the belief that it’s a tool for designers or artists are often what prevent people from using #visualthinking.

Anyone can learn how to use this powerful tool to improve their communication and productivity as well as helping explain complex things and find effective solutions to entangled problems.

Explore the endless possibilities of visual thinking and sketchnoting techniques by signing up for this online course. Unlike so many other courses, this one follows the unusual approach where each student is encouraged to take their notes visually by following along with the trainer. Video lectures are tailored specifically for that.

The course suggests many real-life examples of the application of the tool to the domain of creating technology and software products that are laden with complexity and ambiguity.

It is time to learn how to use simple drawing and sketching techniques to become a better professional!

Who this course is for:
  • Scrum masters, agile coaches, developers, UX designers, product designers, UI designers, graphic designers, project managers, product managers, product owners, testers, business analysts, sales people
Course content
Expand all 26 lectures 06:53:49
+ Introduction
6 lectures 01:33:31

In this video, I will explain how you should approach the completion of the course. It is quite simple - make sure you have the materials, more on that in the next lecture. When you watch the lectures, it is imperative that you also copy along with my explanations. This is how you practice visual thinking!

Preview 01:41

In this lecture, we will talk about which materials you need for the course. I am going to use a stack of 8 sheets of white A4 (letter size) copy paper, a technical pen of 0.5 size and two brush pens of light grey and brilliant yellow color. This is all you need for the course. You can use other materials as well. For example, instead of a technical pen you can use any type of pen you like. You can choose to use a notebook instead of copy paper and you might skip using brush pens at all.

Preview 06:14

In this lecture, we will warm up by drawing our own portraits. This exercise will help you get in the drawing zone and overcome the fear of drawing which is the major reason most people are reluctant to use methods of visual thinking in their professional life. Drawing people and especially their faces is one of the most challenging tasks. By following the series of simple steps you will see that it is doable and that you are capable of drawing a decent portrait.

Warming up your drawing skills - learning to draw simple faces
24:55

In this lecture, I will introduce you to the concept of visual thinking, the way I understand it. You will learn the values and benefits of visual thinking and will practice sketchnoting a topic.

Preview 15:28

In this lecture, I will help you understand what sketchnoting, graphic recording and visual facilitation are and what these terms mean. You will learn that visual thinking is an umbrella concept from which all the other practices emerge and complement each other.

Sorting out terminology
17:28

In this lecture, I will tell you more about the ways you could apply visual thinking in your professional environment. I will talk in more detail about using visual thinking in note-taking, presentations, teaching and explaining and facilitation. Listening and following along will help you practice layouts and better your sketchnoting skills, so follow along!

Application of visual thinking
27:45
In this assignment, you need to come up with a visual representation of your experience and knowledge so far and also your goals and expectations from the course.
Visualize your expectations from the course
1 question
+ Mapping organizational complexity
5 lectures 01:04:01

In this lecture, we will talk about maps and diagrams, and what mapping means to me when it comes to visual thinking. We will also learn about two phases of mapping in a broader context. As usual, follow along, take notes and practice as much as possible!

Mapping
12:21

In this lecture, we will look into relationship and their types. Relationships play an important rule in mappings as they allow us to arrange concepts relative to each other to model systems we explore to solve problems and come up with the good decisions. As usual, follow along, take notes and practice as much as possible!

Relationship types
11:23

In this lecture, we start building up our visual library. We need icons to depict concepts and big ideas and it is important to have a decent set of simply drawn pictograms to choose from. In this part, we will start with the icons which are often used when mapping organizational complexity. As usual, follow along, take notes and practice as much as possible!

Icons part 1 - organizational complexity
13:03

In this lecture, we will talk about how you can choose an appropriate scoping for your visualization without damaging the systemic overview of things. As usual, follow along, take notes and practice as much as possible!

Choosing scope of mapping
11:23

In this lecture, we will look into the example of applying mapping to organizational complexity. We will go step by step through analyzing a big organization set up from the perspective of a business line responsible for the end-to-end process of product delivery. As usual, follow along, take notes and practice as much as possible!

Mapping organizational complexity
15:51
In this assignment, you need to apply your new knowledge of mapping organizational complexity techniques to your team's situation. You will then analyze visually the challenges that a newcomer would face and come up with strategies to overcome those.
Create your team's reality situation
1 question
+ Mapping plans and timelines
4 lectures 56:34

In this lecture, we are going to learn how to draw more icons. This time the icons are going to pertain to working with plans and timelines. As usual, follow along, take notes and practice as much as possible!

Icons part 2 - plans and timelines
11:11

In this lecture, we are going to discuss how you can come up with more icons, where to find inspiration. We are going to create a new icon based on search results from Google and www.thenounproject.com. As usual, follow along, take notes and practice as much as possible!

Finding new icons
13:41
In this assignment you will need to come up with your icons for 6 concepts that you have chosen yourself.
Come up with your icons
1 question

While you were working on your assignment, I have decided to accomplish the assignment too and to also show how to draw a few more icons. Such challenging things as cogs and a few more. As usual, follow along, take notes and practice as much as possible!

Preview 14:42

In this lecture, we are going to walk through the case of mapping a team's conversation around their plans for the future. You will learn how to choose a unit of time and how you could map out activities, dependencies, risks, and concerns with the use of simple icons and a timeline as a foundation for your visual structure. As usual, follow along, take notes and practice as much as possible!

Mapping plans and timelines
17:00
In this assignment, you are going to put your new knowledge to test and apply the techniques from the mapping of plans and timelines lecture to your specific context. You can also concentrate on your individual plans if you are not a part of any team as of now.
Map your team's plans
2 questions
+ Mapping processes
2 lectures 29:03

In this lecture, we are going to explore how you can map processes. We will talk about two approaches - the sequential map and the swimlanes approach. We will also mention how you can combine perspectives when mapping processes by bringing up the example of a customer journey map. As usual, follow along, take notes and practice as much as possible!

Mapping processes
14:01

In this lecture, we are going to use Scrum framework events to demonstrate the use of process mapping technique. As usual, follow along, take notes and practice as much as possible!

Scrum events - the example of mapping a process
15:02
In this assignment, you will practice your new knowledge pertaining to mapping processes.
Map your team's process
1 question
+ Visual storytelling
3 lectures 49:55

In this lecture, we are going to learn how to sketch human figures simply. Learn about proportions, postures and how to draw hands simply. As usual, follow along, take notes and practice as much as possible!

Sketching human figures
17:31

In this lecture, we are learning what comprises a distinguishable emotion and how to create emotions simply by combining critical components such as eyes, mouth, brows and emanata. As usual, follow along, take notes and practice as much as possible!

Sketching emotions
14:15

In this lecture, we are touching upon the topic of storytelling and visual storytelling. I will demonstrate the storyboarding method to show tell stories visually when you need to convince people. As usual, follow along, take notes and practice as much as possible!

Visual storytelling
18:09
In this assignment, you will need to tell a visual story.
Tell your visual story
1 question
+ Sketchnoting
2 lectures 46:12

In this lecture, we are going to learn how to apply sketchnoting to a meeting. Along with that, we will talk about the main three types of visual organization - the static model, the sequential model, and the comparison model. I will also share some practical hints for effective sketchnoting. As usual, follow along, take notes and practice as much as possible!

Sketchnoting in a meeting
27:18

In this lecture, we are going to learn how you could apply sketchnoting in a training class situation. As usual, follow along, take notes and practice as much as possible!

Sketchnoting in a training class
18:54
Sketchnote in a situation of your choice
Sketchnote a case
1 question
+ Bettering your handwriting
4 lectures 39:14
Legible handwriting 101 - introduction
10:09
Legible handwriting 101 - bad handwriting factors
07:25
Legible handwriting 101 - vanilla letterform
12:18
Legible handwriting 101 - improving your handwriting journey
09:22
Compare your handwriting before and after you have practiced for 4-5 weeks.
Compare your handwriting before and after you have practiced for 4-5 weeks
1 question